This brings the total number of machines we’ve placed since 2017 to 579.
Tiny Tickers recently placed nine pulse oximetry machines at Royal University Hospitals Bath, bringing the total number of machines we’ve placed since 2017 to 579.
Newborn pulse oximetry testing measures a baby’s blood oxygen levels, helping identify those with congenital heart disease (CHD) before they become unwell, as well as spotting other issues. The test is not yet a mandatory part of NHS screening for newborns, which is why we place pulse oximetry machines all over the UK. Every baby should have the test that could help save their life – it shouldn’t be a postcode lottery.
Chris Tate, Consultant Paediatrician at RUH Bath, said: “This screening is quick and painless and has been found to be really successful in identifying babies born with heart defects. By identifying heart problems at such an early stage babies can get the care and treatment they need.
“I would like to thank Tiny Tickers who have generously donated more monitors to us, which means we can now roll out the testing to the local community.”
The test will be extended by the team at RUH Bath to Frome and Chippenham birth centres, and babies born at home, later in 2024.
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